April, 2011


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  • Warm weather arrivals.

    Excellent spring weather has brought us a wealth of migrants this year with redstarts and pied flycatchers singing (and occasionally showing well) from most wooded areas. A pair of garganey have found the pools and ditches near the Breakwater hide to their liking and have been around for a few days now. On the Dyfi near the Marian Mawr hide the female scaup has been joined by both goosander and red-breasted merganser and a superb summer-plumaged black-tailed godwit and a greenshank were feeding on the edge of the river. A bit of a suprise was a grey seal which caught a rather large mullet and seemed to enjoy its meal. From the car-park a female gadwall (very scarce here) and both teal and shoveler are easily seen on Cae'r Berllan pool and little grebe and coot are nest-building.

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    That time of year has finally arrived when the woodland floor at Ynys-hir is a sheet of hazy blue

    Maybe we take the bluebell for granted in UK because by far the lion’s share of European distribution is in western Britain. This spring spectacle is increasingly rare on mainland Europe and absent from the rest of the world. Along with our western Atlantic lichens and bryophytes it is something of which we can be justifiably proud.

    It’s tempting but don’t pick! (It is fully protected in law and selling seeds and bulbs forbidden)

    There are a jumble of woodland flowers in bloom at the moment such as primrose,  lesser celandine, kingcup, lords and ladies, wood sorrel, wood anemone and greater stitchwort, all vying for the precious patches of sunlight and trying to set seed before the canopy closes over.

  • Photography competition

    Get your cameras at the ready for the first ever Ynys-hir Photography Competition.

    Are you a budding photographer? Did you manage to get a lucky shot of an otter? We want your shots of Ynys-hir so why not enter the Ynys-hir Photography Competition?

    Anyone can enter either by dropping a copy of your image off at the Visitor Centre, posting it via snail mail or submitting it to our gallery and sending me an email. Each photo needs to be accompanied by an entry form which you can download by clicking on the link below.

    The categories are as follows:

    -       Age 10 and under – My favourite thing at Ynys-hir

    -       11 – 18 years – Nature up close and personal

    -       Over 18’s – Spring at Ynys-hir

    Entries must be received before the closing date on Monday 6th June.

    Good Luck!

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